Arguably, community is the core value of Cedars Christian School. When you look at the pronouns of our vision statement, the words parents, children, students, and staff are used repeatedly to articulate our work together as a school community. Our mission statement connects us with the even larger Christian community in the work of “educating and equipping discerning disciples of Jesus Christ”. The Biblical concept of shalom means more than peace in the sense of “not fighting”, or a mere gathering of people of like mind – it implies relational wholeness, fullness, or completeness. As those created in God’s image, this shalom is what we were made for, what we have broken, what the work of Christ redeemed, and what we are co-workers with Him in restoring in this world that belongs to Him.
The next through-line we will explore is: Community-Builders. We are Community-builders when we actively pursue and build communal shalom – when our classrooms are communities of grace, and when staff and parents unite to nurture faith and understanding of the world in which we live. We are community builders when we participate in the Terry Fox run together as a K-12 school, when grade 10/11 art students converse and sketch grade 2/3 students in the foyer, and even when families come together to work through conflict and harm done. Doing life in the Kingdom without other people is not an option.
One of the most well-known Biblical metaphors is that of Christian community and the body. We need all the parts to work together in order to experience health and true flourishing. However, just as maintaining a healthy body is not something that happens by itself, shalom does not happen without careful attention to our activity…or lack thereof.
Our students need to learn and experience that community is built through our engagement, attitudes, words, working through conflict, and acts of kindness. This is something that we all need to learn. We are all called to be community-builders!
Passages to Ponder: 1 Corinthians 12; Psalm 133; Philippians 2; 1 Peter 4:10-11